Theanette Staal – The Oystercatcher Hero for October

Posted on the 4th October 2018

Theanette Staal – The Oystercatcher Hero for October.
The deserved recipient of the BirdLife Overberg Oystercatcher Hero Award for October is Theanette Staal of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. As Manager and Veterinary Nurse at the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary - APSS she plays a major role in the rehabilitation and conservation of African Penguins and other seabirds. The commendable conservation work being undertaken at APSS was recently highlighted during a BirdLife Overberg club visit to the centre. Theanette also gave a brief overview of her rearing and successful release into the wild of an abandoned African Black Oystercatcher chick.

Theanette is a worthy recipient of this prestigious award and will be honoured at BirdLife Overberg’s monthly talk to be held on Monday 8 October.

The “Oystercatcher Hero of the Month award” was created to honour community members or organisations that make significant contributions to the conservation of our coastline and estuaries. This forms part of BirdLife Overberg’s CleanMarine campaign on the conservation of the Cape Whale Coast estuaries and coastline. Recipients receive a certificate and a year’s free membership of BirdLife Overberg. They are also given extensive coverage on our website, the regional media and our Facebook pages.

Previous recipients include Narina Howard of the Zwelihle Recycle Swop Shop, Colleen Ratz of the Onrus Litter Ladies, Antonio Da Silva-Swart of the Coastal Cleanup Conservation Trust, Michael Raimondo owner of the Hoek van de Berg Nature Reserve and Green Renaissance, Pinkey Ngewu of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust and Kim “Sharklady” Maclean. 

Theanette Staal, Manager at APPS





The African Penguin & Seabirds Sanctuary












Entanglement with fishing line poses a major threat to penguins




Members of the public at yet another successful release of rehabilitated penguins by APSS










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